“Mercy Street” and “Victoria,” 8 and 9 p.m., PBS.
Life has been tense
for the Greens. They're Confederates, but their Virginia mansion has
become a Union hospital. In this strong hour, their daughter schemes
to seduce a Union officer and steal secrets.
There are some dark
moments ... so you'll welcome the buoyant “Victoria” episode that
follows. The teen queen may, reluctantly, be ready to marry ... but
considers the prospects to be dolts. Stick with both hours; “Mercy”
ends fiercely, “Victoria” ends joyously.
Miss Universe pageant, 7-10 p.m., Fox.
A year ago, Steve
Harvey became the Bill Buckner of beauty pageants – making a huge
error at a crucial time: He announced that Miss Guatemala had won ...
then found it was really Miss Philippines.
The crown was
shifted, Harvey was apologetic ... and now he's back to host anew.
This time, the pageant will be in the Philippines ... home of the
winner who was almost a loser.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” 2 p.m., MeTV.
The show's pilot
film has possibly the best scenes in TV comedy history -- Mary's job
interview with Lou Grant, who proclaims, “I hate spunk.” That
launches a three-hour marathon in honor of Moore, who died Tuesday at
80. The “Chucky the Clown” episode is at 3:30 p.m., with the
finale at 4:30.
MeTV is on satellite
and cable and -- in most markets – on the digital sub-station of
local stations. To find it, check www.metv.com/wheretowatch
and insert your zip code.
ALTERNATIVE II:Screen Actors Guild awards, 8 and 10 p.m., TNT; 8 p.m.
There will be plenty
of TV awards tonight, including a career one for Lily Tomlin. Still,
much of the attention will be in the movie categories, which suggest
who's ahead in the Academy Award race.
The SAG and Oscar
lists of best-actor nominations are identical -- Ryan Gosling, Casey
Affleck, Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen. The
lists share three best-actress nominees (Meryl Streep, Emma Stone,
Natalie Portman) and nine of the 10 people in supporting categories.
11:40 a.m., Starz. First, here's the third season of this epic pirate
series. Then the fourth begins powerfully at 9 p.m. (rerunning at 10
and 11), as people develop in the pre-“Treasure Island” era. John
Silver is live up to his “Long John” reputation ... Edward Teach
is heading toward his “Blackbeard” image ... and the pirate
island of Nassau is wobbling under civilized English rule.
Isolde,” noon, PBS (check local listings). Grab some popcorn and
settle in for four-and-a-half hours of Wagnerian shock and awe. The
Metropolitan Opera season-opener stars Stuart Skelton, who was
Siegmund in the Met's “Ring” cycle, and Nina Stemme.
“To Tell the
Truth,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC. Did you ever want to meet the guy who
played Barney the dinosaur? Or the one who holds the record for
longest distance in a wing suit? Or the twins who have a restaurant
staffed only by twins? You can tonight ... but they'll be alongside
Pro Bowl, 8 p.m. ET,
ESPN. Football's best players – some of them, anyway – collide in
Florida. Lots of players dropped out because of injuries or because
they're headed to the Super Bowl. That still leaves plenty of top
quarterbacks – Drew Brees, Dak Prescott and Kirk Cousins for the
NFC, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger for the AFC.
“Love By the 10th
Date,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime. If you missed this film Saturday, catch
a quick rerun now. Eyeing the modern dating scene, it's sometimes
contrived, sometimes quite adult, but usually bright, clever and
9 p.m., CBS. As Jay pushes for a peace treaty between Iran and
Israel, the work strains his marriage. Also, the murder of a peace
advocate endangers the plan.
p.m., CBS. Here's a variation on a familiar plot: A gunman takes
hostages, demanding that Sherlock find his son's killer in 16 hours.
p.m., ABC. The final show of the season – and, presumably, the
final one ever – has Hayes revisiting a case. She scrambles for a
way to free someone convicted 10 years ago.